Summary: Did some research to find a good adapter to use with Linux. This was the winner and I can confirm that it was recognized and drivers were loaded in Linux Mint 17. Very good signal gathering for such a small device. Recommended.
Excerpt: I got a new desktop at Staples and was going to let my husband use the old one. We bought this so he could get access to the internet. It was easy to use and worked immediately. He has been sick for the last four years and is finally on the mend.